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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr F Collins and Dr Y Bai


This unit introduces students to reinforced concrete and masonry design. Three major topics areas are basic concrete materials technology, reinforced concrete analysis and design, and masonry basics and design. The unit provides a balanced coverage of the practical construction aspects, analytical methods and design aspects.


At the completion of this unit students should have the following knowledge and skills:

  1. basic concepts in concrete technology
  2. types of cements, aggregates, and admixtures in concrete
  3. properties of fresh and hardened concrete
  4. concepts of strength and serviceability limit states, load and capacity reduction factors
  5. specifications for durability and fire resistance
  6. preparation and critical evaluation of concrete specifications
  7. concrete mix design and ability to assess concrete mix proportions for various applications
  8. estimation of loads and their representation on structures
  9. basic analysis of slabs in the floor system
  10. detailed computer analysis of frames
  11. design and detail reinforced concrete beams, slabs and columns for strength and serviceability limit states
  12. interpret and use concrete structures and loading codes of practice
  13. use available analysis and design computer packages and other design aids
  14. basic design of masonry walls
  15. preparation of design drawings.


Practical/project work, tests and laboratory work: 50%
Examination (3 hours): 50%.
To achieve a pass in the unit the student must pass both the exam and cumulative assessment component.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Xiao-Ling Zhao

Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practice classes and 7 hours of private study per week